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I have a special gift – I seem to have the same number of stomachs as a cow; something that comes in particularly handy when I’m grazing my way around the restaurants of the Prosecco region.
What follows is a list of where to eat in the Prosecco region. I have eaten at all of the locations below. If there’s somewhere you’ve tried that’s not on the list below, drop me a message. I’m always interested in new food recommendations.
Understanding the Italian lingo:
Osteria – means tavern.
Locanda – means inn.
You can find all of these restaurants located on my Map of the Prosecco Region – Google often translates some of the Italian words – they’re all on there so look a second time if you don’t see the one you’re looking for right away.
I was on a time crunch and a group of 10 hikers had just sat down when I arrived at this wine bar and restaurant in Follina so, unfortunately, I only had time to try a platter of cured meats and cheeses. However, if the service and quality of this simple board is anything to go by, the hot dishes will be more than fine. I particularly liked the service here – when I explained that I had to be somewhere, the young waiter suggested the quickest way for me to eat and recommended an excellent wine to boot.
Tip: the small terrace is a beautiful sun trap, perfect for a spritz on a hot day.
If you don’t want to splurge on Michelin-stars at La Corte (below), try Bistro La Cantinetta. Located within the same Hotel Villa Abazzia that is home to La Corte, you’ll find a simpler menu but the food still ranks for quality. Whether you’re staying at the Relais & Chateaux hotel or just passing through, this bistro is perfect for an informal dinner or a relaxed lunch on the terrace between wine tastings.
Fresh mozzarella from Borgoluce’s own buffalo farm. I probably don’t need to say more. But there is more: fresh mozzarella, deep fried. Fresh ham. Divine beef. And all in one of the most romantic settings I have seen in the Prosecco region. If you’re after simple, but flavourful locally produced food, book a table at Borgoluce’s Osteria. Rooms available (thought at a different part of the Borgoluce estate).
Because if you hadn’t drunk enough Prosecco during your time in the region, why not have it in ice-cream form too!? Boutique Del Gelato’s Prosecco DOCG gelato is somewhat of a novelty but undoubtedly delicious and worth a try.
Located on the campus of The School of Viticulture and Enology of Conegliano, the University of Padua’s very own wine school in Conegliano, Enoteca Veneta is a gourmet pizzeria, restaurant and wine bar with an elaborate and creative pizza offering as well as plenty of pasta dishes and other local specialties.
Plus, their traditional tiramisu is an absolute must for dessert (did you know tiramisu was originally from the region?).
As lovely as the alfresco seating is on a sunny day, don’t forget to head inside and take a look at the restaurant’s impressive wine collection both downstairs and on the upper floor.
Located inside the beautiful Relais Le Betulle hotel high upon a hill in Conegliano, Enrica Miron, the chef behind the restaurant name, delivered so much more than you might expect from a ‘restaurant attached to a hotel’. Focusing on fresh, local and season ingredients, the food was gourmet in both look and taste. It was (sadly) asparagus season when I visited and Enrica Miron managed to serve me an asparagus-containing dish that was delicious – something I previously thought impossible.
A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without at least one gelato and there is every chance that you’ll want more than one from Gelaterita. Located in Miane, Gelaterita does it right with seasonal flavours and high quality dairy. The best news – it’s only a 20 minute walk away if you’re based in Follina.
Did you know? If you want good gelato, look out for the metal tubs. All those piled high, extravagantly decorated gelato displays you see are designed for luring you in. Good gelato is kept under a lid in a metal container.
If you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate or you’re after Michelin-star food, head to La Corte in Follina. It’s the Prosecco region’s only Michelin-star restaurant and, unsurprisingly, serves some of the finest food you’ll find in the area. I’d highly recommend one of the tasting menus complete with wine pairing. Just when I thought I’d learned enough about Prosecco, the local wine pairings gave me something more to think about.
Accommodation available: La Corte is located with the Hotel Villa Abazzia, a grand hotel in central Follina. You can find out more on my accommodation page.
Locanda da Lino
Locanda da Lino is impressive from start to finish. Enter, and you’re met with a ceiling covered in copper pots – there are over 3,000 pots I’m told (I didn’t count them) – but this wasn’t nearly as impressive as the flavours I found on my plate. Stuffed with cheese and then topped with smoked and shaved cheese, I was somehow vanquished by this four-strong, wonderfully rich plate of tortellini. Proof that simple dishes are often the best.
Accommodation available: Check out my Where to stay in the Prosecco region for details of the rooms available at Locanda da Lino.
Locanda Marinelli offered one delightful surprise after another. From the ‘experienced’ age of the husband and wife duo that are still managing to cook up a feast to the tucked away location, to the food, walking into what felt like the family home, I expected rustic fayre and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Plate after plate the food looked almost too good to eat. Almost.
Tip: do not skip the truffle fries.
Bonus: Locanda Marinelli also has beds so you don’t need to walk your full stomach too far if you stay here overnight. Find out more on my page about Where to Stay in the Prosecco Region.
Update 2020 – I’m so sad at writing this that it’s taken me months to bring myself to update the page: Locanda Marinelli is no longer open. I should take it off this page but I loved this locanda and the owners so much that I’m leaving it here as a little piece of memory and history. Ok, I’m off to go and cry into my Prosecco for a while. (Good news: the B&B is still open – pester the owners to cook for you but don’t say I suggested it).
If you’re looking for a wow-spot, dine at Locanda Sandi. Of course, the food is spectacular – the risotto plays favourably in my memory. But it’s the enchanting gardens, lit with candles, the ivy-covered building and meandering pathways that will win your heart long before you’ve had a chance to treat your stomach. Head over to my accommodation page to see what I mean. And on that note – accommodation is available at this beautiful locanda.
For something different, try Osteria al Castelletto. This Osteria’s speciality is ‘spiedo’ which means cooked on the spit. You’ll realise this the second you walk in, when you’ll see and smell rotating lines of chicken blazing over a roaring fire. The Osteria is not in the prettiest location (just a restaurant on a random main road) but there’s a reason this restaurant fills up fast. With apologies – the picture is of the polenta with burrata and sopressa I ate before my chicken because rotisserie chicken is a hard dish to photograph (in a way that looks appealing) – though I’m committed to keep trying this out.
Osteria Da Botton
Osteria Da Botton is a quaint little family run cafe in Farra di Soligo, with a lovely outdoor terrace which is great for al fresco dining. I stopped here for casual lunch in between winery visits and was treated to a lovely selection of cheeses, cured meats, fresh bread, pickled vegetables and other local delights which were shared amongst the table. Accompanied by a glass of Prosecco (of course!), Osteria Da Botton was ideal for a light lunch in the sun. They also do hot dishes such as soups and pasta if you’re after something heavier.
Osteria Dai Mazzeri sits inside a building dating back to 1704 which was once Follina’s town hall. The restaurant is run by two local brothers and the original stone walls are now covered in a collection of beautiful artwork collected by the family. During the winter you can sit inside by the warming fireplace, while during summer months you can dine al fresco on the charming veranda, just next to the walls of Follina’s Romanesque Abbey.
Osteria Dai Mazzeri prides itself on its traditional home-made Venetian cuisine using ingredients from local farmers in the region. Every course in this lovely little spot was delicious, from antipasti to dessert (don’t miss dessert!), so make sure you turn up hungry! And make sure to try a few glasses of wine and Prosecco from the restaurant’s equally impressive wine collection.
Pretty much every article you read about the Prosecco region of Italy is going to have some mention of Osteria Senz’Oste and quite rightly so. Why? This is one unique ‘dining establishment’. Firstly, there are only patrons, no staff. Osteria Senz’Oste is a self-service tavern that operates on an honesty policy basis.
You’re only going to find basics here: bread, meat, cheese, water and, of course, Prosecco, but they are the perfect ingredients for an al fresco picnic with some shockingly good views. If you’re on a budget or you’re short on time (Italian meals are not known for their speed), this is a brilliant stop.
Bonus: You’re just over the road from the popular Col Vetoraz Vineyard and just down the hill from the Prosecco vending machine (yes, that’s a thing).
A girl’s got to eat breakfast (boys too, of course) and Pasticceria Ducale was one of my favourite morning hang out spots in the Prosecco region. I could have spent a day cruising through the myriad pastries and consuming a truckload of caffeine. Sadly (?!), I had Prosecco drinking to do.
Want to do some cheese tasting? Head to PER. Part deli, part restaurant, part creamery, you really can have it all at PER. I opted for a cheese-tasting lunch rather than ordering from the menu and my inner-cheese addict couldn’t have been happier. All washed down with a glass of…you guessed it…Prosecco, I don’t think casually informative lunches get more tasty than this. I managed to get a cheeky look in the cheese room – this, I believe, is what cheese dreams are made of.
You know you’re going to get good pizza when an Italian person takes you there and this is a restaurant I dined at with the wonderful Oriana, Queen of Prosecco, and one of the drivers I work with. There are all sorts of notions that you can’t get good pizza out of Naples but this pizzeria was every bit as good as the pizzas I tasted when I visited Naples. The restaurant had a ‘market’ feel with plenty of fresh produce handing around and adding to the aroma. You can watch the pizza chef at work and apart from anything else, it made a nice change from the multiple course menus I’d been feasting on all week.
Tip: this Pizzeria is in Follina in case you use that town as your base.
High-end cuisine with a broad menu, if you’re looking for variety and quality or are celebrating something special, try Gigetto. They served me some of the best pasta I’ve eaten and just look at that dessert – it speaks for itself. There is a tasting menu available at a very reasonable price. The food is seasonal, beautifully presented and if you’re lucky, ask if you can have a look round what must be one of the best stocked cellars in all of Italy.
I dined at Salis Ristorante during a tasting event so I dined from a buffet of antipasti, risotto, and fresh berries and cherries for dessert. The view over the vineyards was superb and I spent the whole time making a mental note to return to experience a sit-down meal at my leisure. Still, picking off a platter of cheese while the best DOCG Prosecco flows freely is hardly a lunch to be sniffed at.
Tip: Salis Ristorante is pretty close to Osteria Senz’Oste (by car) if you want something more substantial than a picnic between Prosecco tastings.
Right in the heart of Valdobbiadene, Torrefazione Spinetta is supposedly the smallest coffee roasters in Italy with just 25 square meters of space. Opened in 1956 by the Baratto family, the tiny roasters still handcrafts its secret blends to this day, producing some of the most amazing coffee in the region which is sold to loyal customers at more than affordable prices.
You can visit Torrefazione Spinetta which does have a very compact shop front (you can probably fit around 4 people inside at a push) to see their roasting machine, try a cup of their acclaimed home roasted coffee (I can confirm it is delicious) or buy a bag to go, as well as some lovely local cakes and chocolates.
There’s no way I’d have swung into this ‘wine bar’ for cappuccino unless I’d been taken by a local. But I’m glad I did. The cappuccino was thick and strong – almost as thick and strong as the hoard of locals getting their morning fix; a testament to the ‘wine bar’s’ popularity as a breakfast spot.
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